As Mother of Acts of Hope would say, it's The Decline of Western Civilization.
To: The Associated Press (AP) (I sent this to the general e-mail on the news website, so my letter will probably end up in the cyber-trash, but I couldn't stand it any more. If anything drives me away from teaching, it will be the pain of correcting bad writing. Especially since I am not a professor of writing.)
Aargh! As a college professor, writer, and daughter and sister of journalists (including two AP staff or former staff) I am appalled. Your writer Devlin Barrett managed to make not one but TWO mistakes in the final sentence of his story on Senator Obama and former Vice President Gore.
See below for the mistakes and corrections.
It's bad enough that I have to correct these very same mistakes in my students' papers. What am I to do when they read the news and find the very same problems there?
This is not the AP with which I grew up. Please watch your copyediting and proofreading.
Obama would consider Gore for major post
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 43 minutes ago
WALLINGFORD, Pa. - Democrat Barack Obama says as president he would consider putting Al Gore in a Cabinet-level position — or higher.
A woman at a town hall asked the Illinois senator if elected president would he consider tapping the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office, to address global warming.
"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues but climate change is real."
Gore, who's work on climate change earned him a Nobel Prize, he is popular among Democrats.
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That should be whose work on climate change. There is no need for the word he.
Gore, whose work on climate change earned him a Nobel Prize, is popular among Democrats.
(Either that or change the sentence to: Gore's work on climate change earned him a Nobel Prize. He is popular among Democrats.)
Please stop using people who write like junior high school students to write your stories!
Okay, now I'm all peaceful and nonviolent and centered again. OOOMMMMMMMM...